National transition service survey launched
Transitional care is under review after a survey was launched by the Association of the Children’s Diabetes Clinicians (ACDC) to determine variation in services across the country.
Healthcare professionals involved in young people transitioning from paediatric to adult services are being urged to complete the Transition Service National Survey. The questionnaire has been launched in a bid to identify areas that require improvement.
ACDC Chair Dr May Ng, Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Liverpool and Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, said: “We need to know how varied transition services are from around the country.
“A supported transitional programme can improve diabetes self management, reduce DKA and hospital admissions, maintain good clinic attendance in the long-term and produce cost savings in the long term. However, there is evidence to suggest that young people often do not experience positive transitions and consequently may not continue to manage their diabetes as well as they should.
“We want to ensure there is a focus on young people continuing to achieve good health outcomes once they have moved to adult services. A transition and young adult service should support integration into adult or new services and work in conjunction with existing child and adult services.”
ACDC is a group of clinicians in the UK involved in the care of children and young people with diabetes. The organisation was set up to share good practice, to discuss clinical management and the organisation of diabetes services and to develop national guidelines. Twitter @ACDC_UK
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